Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

EDITOR’S NOTE: DREAM BELIEVERS

On our way to a vacation in Vermont last summer, we took a detour near Middlebury to visit Sivan Cotel ’05, then chief operating officer and chief almost-everything-else at WhistlePig Farm, which produces aged rye whiskey (page 28). It was a hot day. Cotel and a handful of colleagues were working in a converted milking…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION?

I’ve been musing on the question since President Obama, in his recently announced proposal to rate colleges and link those ratings to federal aid, indicated that the earnings of graduates would figure into the proposed rating scheme. All three of our children attended Wesleyan and two graduated from here. One is a full-time mom, one…

EDITOR’S NOTE: SHARE YOUR ‘THIS IS WHY’ STORY

We’ve departed from our usual approach to the cover of the magazine in this issue. The cover, which is devoted to Wesleyan’s campaign and its theme of “This is Why,” does not point to a particular story because so much of Wesleyan magazine always speaks directly to this theme. I think of the magazine as…

Check It Twice

Alan Miller ’76 is a former investigative reporter who decided something has to be done to educate young people about the value of quality journalism—or it will cease to exist.Ten high school seniors in the Facing History School in Manhattan are eyeing David Gonzalez with a show–me look that suggests he doesn’t have long to…

Out of the Park

There’s not much that Jim Dresser ’63 hasn’t done for Wesleyan. He headed the annual fund, led the alumni association, stepped in as a pinch–hitter for the administration when critical positions became vacant in University Relations and Finance, served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years, and concluded a four–year term as chair of…

CONVERSATIONS: A Fresh Look at Hoover and FDR

Many people think that Herbert Hoover took a hands-off approach to the Great Depression and that FDR embraced deficit spending. Not so, says Professor of Economics and CSS Tutor Richard Adelstein. By William Holder ’75 The dramatic financial crisis that confronted President Barack Obama when he took office called to mind the election of 1932,…

Ask the Crowd

Jonathan Spector ’78, chief executive officer of the Conference Board, has a story he likes to tell that contains a revolutionary message for American business. A mining company called Goldcorp had worked an area until it appeared to be depleted. Company officials weren’t quite ready to give up, so they took a highly unusual step.…

Microscopic Puzzle

WELL BEFORE CHARLES DARWIN WROTE THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, the concept of “species” seemed clear enough. Put simply, species don’t interbreed. Oak trees beget other oak trees with, at most, minor genetic changes over long periods of time. An acorn does not give rise to a swaying palm tree. There are problems with this point of…

Unigo Takes on College Guidebooks

IN HINDSIGHT, THE INTEREST JORDAN GOLDMAN ’04 DEVELOPED in the college admission process seems easy to explain. New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg selected Goldman for a principal role in The Gatekeepers, Steinberg’s 2002 book in which he followed five high school students through the arduous process of selecting and applying to colleges, including Wesleyan. While he was an…

Conversations: Credit Crisis Poses Challenges for IMF

John Lipsky ’68 of the International Monetary Fund discusses the changing role of this key organization. By William L. Holder ’75 The Number Two official of the International Monetary Fund, First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky ’68, P’08, is keeping a close watch on the international ramifications of the unfolding credit crisis. He brings to his…